“If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.”
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Today is our first talk about readers' rights and ebooks, at the LACUNY Emerging Technologies event at Baruch College. I thought folks might be interested in the website that Matt and I have created to store information about our talks (as well as the presentation slides): it's over at readersbillofrights.info
Radical Reference presents a second evening about how community history is documented and celebrated. Archivists and activists will present parts of their collections and discuss how their work keeps the struggle alive. (Details about our first "Documenting Struggle" can be found at http://radicalreference.info/radicalarchivesevent.)
Monday, April 26
451 West St (between Bank & Bethune Sts), NYC
$6/10/15 sliding scale (no one turned away)
Title: Electronic Books and Electronic Readers: Emerging Issues and Questions
Sponsor: The LACUNY Emerging Technologies Committee
Date: Friday, April 23rd
Time: 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: CHANGED ROOM! Baruch College Vertical Campus--room 11-150 on the 11th floor.
Speakers & Presentations
Alycia Sellie & Matthew Goins - Brooklyn College
"The Rights of Readers and the Threat of the Kindle"
This might be a *little* late, but Critical Library Instruction: Theories and Methods is out(!), and my copy is on the way(!), and you can get your own here(!).
This is definitely one of my most highly anticipated library texts to come out post MLS!
Lots of upcoming news and events for the Spring semester, most notably:
I'll be speaking with Matthew Goins at two upcoming events about eBooks and readers' rights:
I'll be participating in ACRL's Immersion Teacher Track program this Summer in Burlington, Vermont. I wrote in my application that I am
interested to examine how critical pedagogy fits into library instruction, so I am excited to see how this can be discussed within the larger frameworks of the program. I'm also excited to get the chance to focus on teaching for a bit and to share what I learn with my colleagues.
And finally, I am really excited to be a part of the upcoming Center for the History of Print Culture in Modern America's Library History Seminar XII: Libraries in the History of Print Culture. I can't wait to hear Janice Radway speak and to spend some time in Madison talking about print culture (whilst also enjoying some New Glarus!).
Jenna and I will be presenting "Zines 101" tomorrow at the Queens Public Library. I'm excited to spend some time looking at works with our librarian audience as an attempt to define them (an illustration of my DIY Zine Definition). For slides you can see Jenna's post.
Library Association of CUNY Instruction Committee Spring Event "Critical Pedagogy and Library Instruction"
Saturday, May *8*, 2010
Brooklyn College Library
This event is free and open to the public.
Please RSVP by April 9th via the webform at: http://tinyurl.com/ycj239j
Click through for more details...
For all of you who may not be able to make it to the Biblioball on Friday night, you can now order a copy of The Borough is my Library zine through paypal! Complete with silkscreen covers and special inserts! Proceeds go to Literacy for Incarcerated Teens: http://www.literacyforincarceratedteens.org/LIT/Welcome_.html
You can order a copy online here.
Click through for contact info for mail and international orders*
*If you would like to order a copy via the mail email alycia(at)brokenja(dot)ws for mailing address and further details, or to get a quote for additional shipping costs for international orders.
The Borough is my Library: A Greater Metropolitan Library Workers Zine
An exploration of the bibliographic undergrowth of New York City through the eyes of those at work in independent libraries, academic institutions and in the streets. Featuring day-in-the-life comics created by zine librarians, narratives of those who started their own collections from scratch, and other works that explore library microcosms within the city. With works by members of the ABC No Rio Zine Library, Books Through Bars, Branch Project, Radical Reference, Reanimation Library and more!
Due to demand, I'm now in the second printing of issue #1, which means that if you place an order, I'll send you an entirely black and white version (as pictured above).
Contents of The Borough is my Library Vol.1 No.1:
ABC No Rio, the Lower East Side gallery and arts center, is planning another of our Clothesline Benefit Art Sales to raise money for our Building Fund.
The event will take place on December 10th and 11th. We are asking artists who support ABC No Rio to participate by donating work.
Work should be no larger than 11" X 17", and limited to two works per artist. All work will be presented on clotheslines strung through No Rio's gallery space, and should be unframed, two-dimensional work.
The Shirley Chisholm Day celebration was great!*
What I discovered was that there is an official holiday in the state of New York dedicated to Shirley Chisholm, but that it is on November 30th each year, Chisholm's birthday. So there is still more celebrating to come this year!
I had a moment at the both the beginning and the end of the Feminist Pedagogy Conference yesterday; I relished in the fact that I have the ability spend a day listening to feminist scholars talk about the intricacies of their "intellectual signature"* (and I get paid to do so to boot). I felt really lucky to be at the conference, and savored the feeling of being able to sit and absorb the work of these speakers.
The 3rd Annual Feminist Pedagogy Conference is free and open to the public (with registration), and happening on Friday November 6 at the Grad Center. After kicking this cold, I hope to see you there!
I just took a peek at the program and I think this might be one of those times when you have to make tough decisions about which panel to attend (which is a good conference problem to have). Thanks to E. for the link!
Piers Anthony is 77 years old now. But really, he was just an angry kid who'd muddled through like everyone else, which surprised Andy. In the author's notes from his book Fractal Mode, book two of his Mode series, he writes, "One thing you who had secure or happy childhoods should understand about those of us who did not, we who control our feelings, who avoid conflicts at all costs or seem to seek them, who are hypersensitive, self-critical, compulsive, workaholic, and above all survivors, we're not that way from perversity. And we cannot just relax and let it go. We've learned to cope in ways you never had to."
Get this: I read hardly anything today. Instead I wrote. Thesis completion, here we come.
Also: is this a thing? That we do one or the other and not both? (reading vs. writing?) Do I need another column for my writing log on this here site? Will this site just digress into an endless widening of columns? Only time will tell!